October 09, 2011
- negotiate (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : to have a discussion with another so as to arrive at an agreement b : to arrange for or bring about by such discussion2 : to transfer to another in return for something of equal value3 : to get through, around, or over successfully
- How do you use it?
- In 1783, both John Adams and Benjamin Franklin helped negotiate the Treaty of Paris, by which Great Britain acknowledged the independence of the United States.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these sentences do you think uses "negotiate" correctly?Word wizzes everywhere agree on A. You can toss out the use of "negotiate" as a noun in B and stick the word "alloy" in its place. That means a mixture of two or more metals melted together. Sentence C incorrectly uses "negotiate" as an adjective, and describes someone whose pessimism leads him to have a "negative" attitude about everything. The noisy neighbor in D may intend to "annoy" or "irritate" Kara, but "negotiate" just doesn't make sense there, either. We're left with the seemingly endless series of stairs in A, which illustrates the meaning of the word as defined in sense 3.